Functional Medicine: Effective Everyday Interventions for Living Your Best Life
How Is Your Brain Working?
Functional medicine is a hot topic right now in fitness and health communities. But if you haven’t heard of it, or are interested in learning more, The Institute of Functional Medicine offers this definition: “Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.”
For example, someone diagnosed with Type II diabetes might have multiple other health issues or lifestyle factors that have contributed to their illness. Dr. Mark Hyman is a forerunner in the science of functional medicine and in his book, “The UltraMind Solution: Healthy Body, Powerful Mind”, he discusses the impact of our mind upon the functioning of our body, and how the state of our body similarly affects our mental and emotional health.
In his research, Hyman argues that modifying our diet, sleep patterns, exercise habits, and the level of toxins in our body can radically transform our brain function thus deeply influence our mood, memory, and attention span.
Changing Your Body Will Change Your Brain
“90% of the most common diseases today,” he says, “are reversible through lifestyle.” Hyman shares how introducing positive physical changes to our life, such as exercise, whole food, and sleep hygiene practices, will change your brain from a state of depression, anxiety, insomnia and other mental disturbances.
Watch the videos below to find out more about functional medicine and what it can do for both your physical and mental health!
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